The derby against Gold Coast last Saturday is likely the last home game I can attend for the foreseeable future. Thankfully the Roar put on a show to remember and lifted the Premiers Plate after finally beating gold Coast United. Correction, not just beating them but thrashing them 4 nil.
Night started well, even arriving very early the busses were full and by the time the players came out to warm up the crowd was already larger than average. Pre game saw the foundation members honored and the unveiling of the joke premiers plate….a plate with Queensland premier Anna Blighs noggin featured on it. The joke was a bit lame but it would have made a good consolation prize for Anna Bligh fan (end sarcasm) Clive Palmer.
Game kicked off and as good as the surface looked at first it became very evident it wasn’t it’s normal pristine self with sand flying everywhere. Poor Gold Coast who plays on a paddock every week would have felt at home
General admission was packed and there were some problems as some fans had just been given general tickets and sat anywhere while some were given specific seat numbers which forced those with general tickets to have to move around and hope they found a seat which hadn’t been allocated.
Brisbane was on fire with Kosta Barbarouses scoring the opener early by sending 3 gold coast defenders the wrong way and then in the second half Paartalu’s finish was absolutely top drawer, a superb volley with his left foot. The final goal involved passing the ball around in gold coasts defensive third until Broich was able to walk it in.
The energy in the crowd at this stage was palpable and few went straight home after the final whistle.
As the team performed their victory lap my personal highlight was seeing super coach Ange really live it up with the crowd.